Saddle up – it’s a country-western party! This adorable brother-and-sister party was for 4-year-old Nicholas and 2-year-old Ava. Mom Catherine says, “We celebrated Nicholas and Ava’s birthdays with a Cowboy & Cowgirl party out at our vineyard. For the invitations and personalized decor, I went with the country-western theme from Chickabug, and Hobby Lobby was my go-to place for nearly everything else. They had such a GREAT selection of western-themed party supplies (bandana print plates & napkins, boot piñata, etc.) to all sorts of fabrics and ribbons (bandana print ribbon I tied on mason jars, burlap ribbons of all widths, etc.).

“Nicholas and Ava’s party was a fun day with lots of great food, pony rides and games. The kids absolutely loved riding the real ponies as well as their stick ponies, and were also entertained by a playdough table, buckets of bubbles, and a piñata. The adults enjoyed delicious BBQ while exploring the farm and watching the kids run around! We loved having so many friends and family come out to celebrate with us – it was such a fun and special day!”

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In the front yard, a display of cowboy hats, bandanas, sheriff’s badges, and stick ponies await the guests.

Country-western birthday party - so many great ideas!

About the stick ponies, Catherine says, “I had my heart set on stick ponies as party favors and after endless searches, I FINALLY found them on Joissu. They shipped quickly and were GREAT quality. Though I was using them as party favors for the kids to take home, I knew the kids would enjoy playing with them at the party, so I had them set up at the entrance with the hats, etc. I made a little sign asking guests to write their child’s name on their pony’s favor tag so they could keep up with it throughout the party – that turned out to be a huge help because the pink ones were in HIGH demand among all the 4-year old girls!”

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To prevent stick pony mix-ups, Catherine set out a sharpie so that parents could label the tag on their child’s chosen pony. (A very clever idea!)

Country-western birthday party - homemade welcome sign

Catherine says, “This was my FAVORITE thing I created for the party! The wanted poster itself came from Hobby Lobby in packs of 4 and I created the photo & wording in Microsoft Word, printed it out on tan paper and glued it to the posted. I had them plastered throughout the house and yard. The poster says: ‘WANTED: The Kissing Bandits / For the crimes of stealing kisses, horsing around and growing up too fast / Nicholas ‘The Rascal’ Laurenzi, Age 4 / Ava ‘Darling’ Laurenzi, Age 2.” (We call him Rascal and her Ava Darling all the time.)”

Country-western birthday party - printable welcome sign from Chickabug

A printable welcome sign from Chickabug was mounted on a stick and decorated with ribbons.

Country-western birthday party - printable banner from Chickabug

Inside, a printable happy birthday banner hangs across the entrance.

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Catherine is so sweet, she took a special picture to show off the items she ordered from my shop, including the invitation, water labels, and some of the printables! : )

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The sweets station was set just outside of the kitchen, with sunflower cupcakes, cupcakes decorated with printable wrappers and toppers, and birthday cakes for each of the kids. The banner above the table is made of fabric, and the banner on the front of the table is a printable.

Fantastic country-western birthday party - printables from Chickabug

Check out how adorable Nicholas’ cake is, with the tiny cowboy boot on top…!

Country-western birthday cake - adorable!!

About the signs used throughout the party, Catherine says, “I painted the wooden signs myself. The black ones are wooden plaques from Hobby Lobby (on clearance) that already had various phrases painted on them – I just painted over their words with black acrylic paint and used white paint pen markers to create my own signs (Sweets, the Saloon, the Watering Hole). The other signs were thin balsa-like wood from JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby that I cut to the shapes and sizes I wanted. Then I very lightly sprayed them with brown spray paint to make them look a little more rustic, and painted the words with black acrylic paint. It was time-consuming, but worthwhile to get exactly what I wanted… plus I enjoyed the creative therapy of free-hand painting each tedious letter! (By the way, there was one hanging on the bathroom door that said “Outhouse” – I thought that was cute!)”

Country-western party - printable cupcake set from Chickabug

Chocolate cupcakes were decorated with printable wrappers and toppers.

Country-western birthday party - Sunflower cupcakes

Sunflower cupcakes were also served.

Country-western birthday party - printable welcome sign from Chickabug

The custom printable signs throughout the party are from Chickabug.

Country-western birthday party - the "watering hole" drink station

“The Watering Hole” was outfitted with lemonade, bottled water (with custom labels), and mason jars (with paper straws and custom stickers).

Country-western birthday party - "the saloon" drink station

“The Saloon” was for adults only, with “Boot Scootin’ Booze” (ha!). The mason jars were tied with bandanas, and so were the paper straws.

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Catherine says, “The cakes and cupcakes were made by Daphne’s Bakery in Mint Hill, NC (a suburb of Charlotte). They were not only gorgeous, but delicious, too! The cupcakes were a mix of chocolate and vanilla, Nicholas’ cake was chocolate with vanilla buttercream, Ava’s cake was pink lemonade with lemon buttercream. She loves pink so I wanted to make sure we had something pink for her at such a un-pink party! It was fun to cut into that red cake to find a pink inside.”

Country-western birthday cake - adorable!!

I love the sunflowers on top of Ava’s birthday cake!

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The party favor bags were small kraft bags tied with ribbons and decorated with printable circles.

Country-western birthday party

Outside, the food tables fit the theme perfectly! The burlap table runners were lined with bandana print fabric. Catherine says, “The burlap that I used as part of the table runners was actually from a local country feed store (The Carolina Country Store). It came in long rolls that were about 25″ wide and hemmed at the edges, which was much easier to work with than buying it off the bolt at a fabric store.”

Country-western birthday party

The “Cowpoke Chow” table was set up with snacks and chips, and the “Chuck Wagon” was catered by a local BBQ company.

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Birthday girl Ava is ready to ride! Her boots (from Old Navy) are the cutest thing.

Country-western birthday party - pony rides!

The pony rides were a huge hit at the party (of course!).

Country-western birthday party - pony rides! Country-western birthday party - pony rides!

I usually just mention children’s birthday outfits, but Catherine’s dress is so perfect I had to ask her about it! She said, “My dress was from White House Black Market — I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw it hanging in the window when I was at the mall returning something to a different store a week before the party. It is so easy to wear and was perfect for the party with boots, but looks equally beautiful with black heels for a totally different, non-Western look. I had a $20 off coupon, too!”

Country-western birthday party - pony rides! Country-western birthday party - boot piñata!

The boot-shaped piñata was from Hobby Lobby. Kids were given kraft paper bags to gather up their treats after it broke.

Country-western theme birthday party

Nicholas and Ava’s coordinating, personalized birthday outfits were made by their grandmother!

Country-western theme birthday party

Thank you so much for sharing, Catherine! Happy birthday to Nicholas and Ava! : )

Invitations, water labels, stickers, and party printables – Chickabug
Bandanas and badges – Oriental Trading
Stick ponies – Joissu
Cowboy hats – Joissu
Tablecloths (plastic red & white check) – Party City
Fabrics (except burlap) – Hobby Lobby (bandanna fabric, cowpokes fabric)
Fabric pennant banners – Very Jane
Kraft paper bags – Hobby Lobby
Piñata – Hobby Lobby
Nicholas and Ava’s birthday outfits – Homemade by their grandmother
Ava’s red cowboy boots – Old Navy
Nicholas’ cowboy boots – Rack Room
Catherine’s bandana dress – White House Black Market
Cake and cupcakes – Daphne’s Bakery in Mint Hill, NC
Door sign background – Hobby Lobby

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Shop for personalized Country-Western Theme party paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more Country-Western Theme party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 9:16 am
    Jacqui Odell says:
    This is so cute! My son and niece have the same birthday and they both love western stuff. This might be good for this years birthday. Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week!
    • 1.1
      Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 10:43 am
      Heather says:
      Thanks Jacqui! : )
  2. 2
    Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 11:54 pm
    Cheryl says:
    Oh my gosh - this entire party is unbelievable! The amount of detail into every part of the party is simply amazing! I did a Farm theme for my son last year and now after seeing this party I want to plan another western theme! I have to go and pin it now for later!
    • 2.1
      Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 9:53 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Cheryl! I'm glad it's inspired you! : )
  3. 3
    Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 2:09 am
    Elizabeth - SugarHero! says:
    Wow, this is incredible! Love all the detail that went into this, everything is so cute!
    • 3.1
      Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 11:42 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Elizabeth! That's so nice of you to say! All credit goes to super-mom Catherine. She did an amazing job! : )
  4. 4
    Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    Bridgette Robertson says:
    Hi. Where did you find the mason jars with the lids? Thanks!
    • 4.1
      Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Bridgette! Those are mason jars with daisy cut lids. Many sellers on Etsy provide them. Here is one example. Hope that helps! : )
  5. 5
    Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 11:57 pm
    Kyla says:
    Such an adorable party! Love the burlap ruffle centerpiece with the plant on the single coffee table! How did you get the burlap to hold its shape? Is it pinned to something?
    • 5.1
      Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 10:29 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Kyla! I'm not sure how Catherine got the burlap to keep its shape. I think pins sound about right! : )
  6. 6
    Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 11:52 pm
    Isabel says:
    Hi what is your recipe for your "Boot Scootin" Booze"?
    • 6.1
      Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 11:23 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Isabel! I'm not sure what the exact recipe was that Catherine used. It looks like fruit punch. : )
  7. 7
    Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 11:31 pm
    Isabel says:
    hi what is your recipe for your boot scooting' booze?
    • 7.1
      Monday, March 24th, 2014 at 11:33 pm
      Isabel says:
      Sorry I wrote it twice before seeing your comment! :)
      • 7.1.1
        Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 11:56 am
        Heather says:
        Hi Isabel! No problem! : )
  8. 8
    Friday, February 6th, 2015 at 9:51 am
    claudia says:
    Did you use real sunflowers or fake ones?
    • 8.1
      Friday, February 6th, 2015 at 4:21 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Claudia! I'm not sure if Catherine used real or fake sunflowers for the party. If I had to guess I'd say they look pretty real! : )
  9. 9
    Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at 8:58 am
    Sargz says:
    OMG! This is way tooo cute! I was looking for an adult theme party and I think this will help me a lot! Thanks for posting!
    • 9.1
      Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 9:37 am
      Heather says:
      You're welcome, Sargz! I'm glad this will help you! : )
  10. 10
    Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 4:09 am
    Tracie Minor says:
    can you please tell me what font you used for the signage for the hat/bandana/ badge for Nicolas&Avas bday?
    • 10.1
      Sunday, September 4th, 2016 at 2:55 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Tracie! Sorry, I don't know.